• Press Release

Paul Kenny, PhD, Appointed Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • New York, NY
  • (2016-08-01 00:00:00.0)

Renowned neurobiologist Paul Kenny, PhD, has been named Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Kenny is an internationally recognized expert in the study of the neurobiology of obesity and drug addiction.  His multidisciplinary studies use behavioral paradigms, physiological and circuit analyses, and molecular characterization of neurobehavioral disorders to uncover new signaling cascades that may play a role in these disorders.

“Dr. Kenny’s outstanding academic credentials coupled with his innovative approach to discovery and excellent administrative skills makes him an ideal fit for his new leadership role in the Department of Neuroscience,” says Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System.  “We have every confidence that Paul will foster the advancement of cutting-edge and translational science that has made the Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai among the most outstanding in the world.”

Prior to taking on this new role, Dr. Kenny served as Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and System Therapeutics.  He was recruited to Mount Sinai from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida in 2014, and since then has continued to build on his compelling scientific vision.  Dr. Kenny will continue to serve as Director of the Mount Sinai Experimental Therapeutics Institute.   

Dr. Kenny completed his PhD in Neuroscience at King's College London. After postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, Dr. Kenny became Assistant Professor of Molecular Therapeutics at the Institute’s campus in Florida. Dr. Kenny has also served as Director of the Medications Development Program in Substance-Related Disorders at Scripps.

He has won numerous awards, including several Young Investigator Awards from groups that include the Society for Neuroscience, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He is an editor of The Journal of Neuroscience, and an editorial board member of several additional journals.  Dr. Kenny is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).



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The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is in the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America, ranked No. 15 nationally in the 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. The Mount Sinai Hospital is also ranked as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Geriatrics, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Ear, Nose & Throat, and is in the top 50 in four other specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 10 nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Mount Sinai West are ranked regionally. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report in "Best Children's Hospitals."

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